An RFID Globe That Controls a Google Earth Tablet

Google Earth's an incredible (and incredibly useful) piece of software, but there's still something to be said for the good old, three-dimensional globe. This one not only celebrates the brass-detailed spheres of yore but controls Google Earth for good measure.

John Knight is the tinkerer behind the project, which he calls the Electromagnetic Geospacial Globe and Remote View with Obligatory Goggles, using RFID tags and Touchatag reader to control Google Earth. Knight is presenting the set at today's Maker Faire Detroit, but you can see a video of it in action here.

An RFID Globe That Controls a Google Earth Tablet

Sure, it looks a little slow to respond now, but give it a break, it runs on steam. [Flickr via Make]